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Red Apple Forest Improvement Project

Owsley Canyon Trailhead will reopen 2/15/2024 

Phase I of the Red Apple Forest Improvement Project (RAFIP) has been completed. Due to unideal conditions and concerns regarding impacts to MERA’s culturally important areas Phase II had been on hold since winter of 2022. After assessment and consultation with the involved parties we can proceed forward with Phase II. Phase II of the project will begin the 2nd day of January, 2024. Below is information regarding timelines and closures.


Timeline for RAFIP (Weather Dependent)

  • January/February 2024: Fuels reduction via selective thinning and log hauling. Expect closures of trails in the project area, and closure of the Owsley Canyon Trailhead.

  • Spring 2024: Assessment of trails and begin repairing damaged sections as weather and funding allows.

  • Summer 2024: Removal of slash piles that are accessible with a chipper and truck.   

  • Winter 2024/2025: Burn all remaining slash piles.

  • Spring 2025: Seed impacted areas, and monitor/ continue weed management.


The Owsley Canyon Trailhead will reopen for public use on 2/15/24. While the trailhead is open there are still some trail closures due to soft conditions or impacts caused by forestry operations. Trails that are either closed or partially closed include Red Apple, Apple Drop, and Goldfish Pond. Please see the map below indicating what sections of trails are closed (Trails highlighted in red are closed). 

Josh Ford

Union County Parks Coordinator


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